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Six things you may have missed as Chelsea ease to win over out-of-sorts Tottenham

Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League after two goals in eight minutes helped them ease to a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

After a scoreless first half, the two sides were unable to meet and Blues defender Thiago Silvi broke the deadlock just minutes later with a powerful header.

N’golo Kaante’s deflected shot doubled Chelsea’s lead, and Antonio Rudiger scored late to secure the points for Thomas Tuchel.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s group is in seventh after two consecutive league defeats.

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at you may have missed during the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham still feeling the Blues



Tottenham's league woes against Chelsea continued on Sunday
Tottenham’s league woes against Chelsea continued on Sunday

Spurs have had a wretched league record against their London rivals over the past few years.

They beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League in November 2018. Goals from Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung Min secured a win at Wembley, their temporary home.

Since then, Spurs have been frustrated at six meetings.

It was always difficult for them that they would change after the eight-minute spell which saw Thiago & Kante propel the Blues ahead.

Chelsea’s second-half performance was so impressive that Tottenham can no longer wait to win the derby against their west London neighbours.

Nuno’s attacking approach

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Nuno Espirito Santo tried to take the game to Thomas Tuchel's formidable Chelsea side
Nuno Espirito Santo tried to take the game to Thomas Tuchel’s formidable Chelsea side

Despite his reputation for favouring a pragmatic approach, Spurs boss Nuno elected to spring a tactical surprise by

The hosts pressed high and aggressively, deploying a front three to match up against Chelsea’s three-man defence, with Harry Kane playing directly on top of Andreas Christensen.

They made five goals in the first half of the match as they attempted to overwhelm the Blues’ solid rearguard.

However, despite trying to push Chelsea back, they couldn’t find a breakthrough and were punished when the Blues stepped on their accelerator in the second-half.

Defence is the best form of attack



Thiago Silva celebrates breaking the deadlock for Chelsea
Thiago Silva celebrates breaking the deadlock for Chelsea

Tuchel’s side have earned plenty of plaudits for their defensive record since the German took charge.

Tuchel’s Stamford Bridge record of 24 clean sheets is unmatched in Europe.

In a strange twist of fate, three players who have contributed to their defensive stability more that most were scoring in north London.

Thiago and Kante scored quick goals at the beginning of the second period to put Spurs in front, before Rudiger’s late score. They stifled any potential opponents’ comeback hopes with their combined defensive efforts.

Thiago is now the Blues’ second oldest Premier League scorer, just behind Didier Droga.

Lukaku’s derby difference



Romelu Lukaku jostles for the ball with Tottenham defender Eric Dier
Romelu Lukaku jostles for the ball with Tottenham defender Eric Dier



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Romelu Lukaku bullied Arsenal’s defence during Chelsea’s 2-0 derby defeat. Last month, the Belgian striker scored the Blues’ opener.

He was however kept under control by the Spurs defense in the first period, despite Eric Dier complaining to Paul Tierney about the ex-Inter Milan star’s physicality.

He had only 14 touches of the ball during the first period, which was the lowest number of outfield players on the pitch.

The second period saw him come alive as Spurs chased the game.

Although Lukaku failed to score four goals in the same number of appearances at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year, he is already the elite striker Tuchel wanted.

Continental clash



Cristian Romero and Lukaku clashed in the Premier League for the first time after they both starred in Serie A last year
Cristian Romero and Lukaku clashed in the Premier League for the first time after they both starred in Serie A last year

Summer signing Cristian Romero was handed his first Premier League start by Nuno for the derby clash with Chelsea.

It created an interesting continental clash in north London, as Romero, last season’s Serie A Defenders Of The Year, was brought up against Lukaku, who was second in scoring charts in Italy.

Romero and Dier, his defensive partner, managed to silence the Belgian striker for the first half.

After the break, the Blues beat their hosts to keep their unbeaten campaign start. But Lukaku was the last to laugh.

Kepa’s rare opportunity



Kepa Arrizabalaga thwarts Son Heung-Min after being handed a rare start for Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga thwarts Son Heung-Min after being handed a rare start for Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga was handed a rare chance to impress for Chelsea in the absence of usual goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Before Sunday’s match, the Spaniard had only been in the league three times in 2021. The most recent was the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at last season’s end.

Despite this, Kepa has been a great player for Tuchel’s team. He was Chelsea’s hero after he was brought in from the bench to play in the penalty shootout victory over Villarreal last month.

Mendy was forced to miss the derby due to a knock he received in Zenit.St Petersburg’s 1-0 match.

Although it is still unclear if Kepa will continue in the team for a longer time or if he will only be a temporary player, he displayed a calm performance that could have helped his chances of a long-term run.

Six things you may have missed as Chelsea ease to win over out-of-sorts Tottenham
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